Petrol and diesel prices rose by around 3p a litre in December taking them to their highest average since July 2015.
RAC Fuel Watch data for the last month of 2016 showed unleaded hit 117.23p a litre and diesel 119.63p having been 114.24p and 116.56p a litre at the beginning of the month as petrol went up the most in Scotland and the north east while it rose 3.07ppl in Wales to 116.57ppl and on the diesel pumps it increased 3.19ppl to 119.23ppl, just behind the higher price in East Anglia but it was again Scotland which saw the biggest jump of 3.59ppl.
Department of Transport Ministers will meet mobile phone manufacturers this month to hammer out proposals to tackle the growing issue of people interacting with their smartphones at the wheel.
This is in addition to the government announcing last November that anyone caught using a hand-held mobile phone while at the wheel of a car would be fined £200 and receive six points on their licence – a doubling of the existing penalty.
Ford Motor and Toyota Motor have formed a consortium with four other automakers to speed development of auto-industry standards for in-vehicle apps, a step toward preventing Apple and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their cars and trucks.
Ford and Toyota said that Mazda Motor, PSA Group, Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries and Suzuki Motor have joined their SmartDeviceLink Consortium.
An American judge has delayed sentencing a VW engineer who admitted his part in the diesel-gate scandal, because he’s assisting investigators who may arrest others.
German national James Liang worked for VW since 1983 and was due to be sentenced this week, but court papers say he is helping understand the extent of the deceit and falsification of Government certificates.